China censors a well-known writer. She showed the woman her husband had nailed to the wall

Mentions of popular writer and screenwriter Jen Ke-ling, who accused President Xi Jinping of condoning human trafficking, began to disappear from the Chinese internet. It was written by the British daily The Times, according to which the censorship would take place at the request of the local communist party.

Jen Ke-ling, 63, now lives in Berlin and is well known in the Czech Republic. 12 years ago Kniha Zlín publishing house published the novel Příživník, based on her books, she made the 1998 films Exhausted or Flowers of War, which she made in 2011 with Chang I-mou with the Hollywood actor Christian Bal in the lead role .

According to the British Times, the writer has now joined the debate about Chinese women leaving their parents or selling to traffickers. The impetus was a viral video from Xuzhou Prefecture showing a mother of eight children being chained to a wall by her husband.

In response, the writer accused President Xi Jinping of condoning human trafficking. He linked this to China’s ancient one-child policy, which was a population measure limiting population growth between 1979 and 2015. Xi Jinping has served as general secretary of the Communist Party since 2012.

Since she commented on the matter, Jen Ke-ling’s mentions cannot be traced to China’s largest social network, Weibo, where her account disappeared. Baidu’s largest search engine also only offers older references there. The article, in which she commented on the viral video, disappeared from the Chinese Internet, describes The Times.

The video with a woman found in China has been debated since January. Authorities initially dismissed claims that she was the victim of an abduction. Last week, however, three people, including her husband, were arrested under public pressure. He now faces suspicion of buying the woman. The Chinese resented her poor condition and the fact that she had apparently given birth to eight children at the time of the one-child policy.

A middle-aged woman sees a video in some sort of shack with no door. He has a collar around his neck with a chain chained to a concrete wall. Although it is cold, he does not even wear a coat and is shivering from the cold. She is reluctant to answer basic questions and is misunderstood due to missing teeth. In another video, her husband calculates the names of eight children his wife gave birth to, The Epoch Times reported.

A video of a woman with a chained woman. | Photo: Weipo

According to him, the authorities first tried to remove the video from the Internet, then claimed that the person in question was mentally ill and could not be trusted. It was only under public pressure that the police took an interest in her fate and eventually took her to the hospital. His identity has not yet been confirmed due to obstructions by the authorities. More recently, state media reported this week that police are still handling the case, Reuters reported.

The husband in question told authorities that he found his future wife on the streets in the 1990s. Now, according to the Chinese state agency Xinhua, he is accused of engaging in human trafficking in l buying from traffickers, then repeatedly raping her. He could receive a sentence of up to 20 years for this.

According to The Epoch Times, since then the whole part of town has been fenced off by the police and no one is allowed to enter. Radio Free Asia reported last week that police had detained two Chinese women who had read about them on the internet, wanted to help and regularly blogged about their research.

The video with the found woman was posted by a vlogger on the Tou-jin social network, which has gradually accumulated between two and three billion views on various platforms, the British BBC or the American radio NPR estimate. Data cannot be verified, censorship deletes video continuously.

Reuters reports that the video was still circulating on the internet during the Winter Olympics, which ended on Sunday in the Chinese capital Beijing. “Rather than knowing if a woman has a medal around her neck, we should make sure she doesn’t have a chain around her neck,” one Weibo user wrote.

In response to the video, the Chinese began to bring up other cases of human trafficking on social media. “My aunt was sold to her uncle in Sichuan province. She ran away after giving birth to a son,” said one user, who said there were “many” people born to women abducted in Xuzhou Prefecture.

“Nobody found it strange because they are used to it. Men take advantage of this and women suffer from it,” said another user, who said that at the time of the state policy to only child, families preferred boys. If their daughter was born, they could be sold to traffickers.

Writer Jen Ke-ling, who was born in Shanghai but now lives in Berlin, was one of the first public figures in China to comment on the case. She first posted an article about her on the WeChat platform on February 6, then accepted an invitation to the program from a Chinese sociologist living in America, Chou Xiaobeng. It is in this that the author accuses the regime of being responsible for the situation. “Jinping is human trafficking,” she said. The video can no longer be traced on the Chinese Internet.

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